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Letters & Op-Eds - 2014

O'Brien: Lawsuit about contraception, not insurance

Jon O'Brien

13 May 2014


There was a serious error in your article, “Catholics challenge Affordable Care Act's birth control rule in Wyoming” (by Ben Neary of the Associated Press, May 7). The article claimed that the lawsuit is about insurance coverage for abortion and contraception. This is not the case at all. The lawsuit is about contraception—specifically the Affordable Care Act’s provision that insurance plans cover all FDA-approved forms of contraception without copays for women who wish to use them.

The Catholic hierarchy has supported dozens of similar suits around the country because they have failed to convince Catholics to follow their teachings via their church pulpit. Now they are seeking to use the courts as a bully pulpit. Bearing in mind the fact that 99 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used a method that the bishops would ban, the net result if the bishops win will be to deny women the right to follow their own consciences and exercise their own religious liberty rights to access affordable, basic family planning services.

Catholics for Choice
Washington, D.C.

This letter was originally published by the Casper Star-Tribune.